Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 1

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Are there geomorphic indicators of permafrost in the Tatra Mountains?

Zofia Rączkowska

Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 1, pp. 117-133

Abstract

This paper concerns itself with the issue of relief and permafrost in mountains in whichthe latter phenomenon is only present in the form of isolated patches, as is the case in the TatraMountains. Thus the slope morphology and morphodynamics at three permafrost sites in theTatra Mts. are discussed in the context of the presence of periglacial landforms, especially indicativeforms of permafrost. No distinct morphological evidence as to the presence of permafrostwas in fact noted.

Keywords: permafrost, high-mountains at mid latitudes, debris slope, periglacial landforms

Zofia Rączkowska [raczk@zg.pan.krakow.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 31-018 Krakow, Sw. Jana 22, Poland